There are a lot of Mushroom types, the most nutritious and famous is the one, which grows on the termite hills called "Olmbi". These mushrooms come out the soil during the first showers of monsoon. The Jungles of Karnataka provides an excellent climatic condition for it to grow.
A lot of mushrooms are cultivated artificially these days, but, they are no match in terms of nutrition and taste to the mushrooms, grown in wild on termite hills.
It is one of the costliest fungi in the world, with a single bud may cost as high as 10-15 rupees during the season.
Forest officials are not happy harvesting and selling the mushrooms since the mushrooms act as natural decomposers. Overharvesting may lead to damage to forest ecology. Some times, the selling of mushrooms is banned and the products are seized from the sellers.
Mushrooms are rich in vitamins and minerals. It helps in improving digestive systems, red blood cells and makes the skin healthy.
It is rich in vitamins (Vitamin B), potassium, copper and antioxidants.
The naturally grown mushrooms are traditionally consumed, in some of South Indian families during monsoon. May be our ancestors knew the benefits, the fungi provide.
Best way to eat these mushrooms is to either fry them (Rava fry) or put them in the special gravy made of coconut.